You’re ready to take on all that 2016 has to offer. You’ve made a list of goals and engaged the help of those who can provide guidance and support along the way. You’re confident in your direction. The worst is behind you…right?
Real, or perceived, you will encounter an occasional obstacle on the road to success. The biggest roadblocks we face are those mountains that stand in our way; often of our own making. If achieving all you envision for yourself, and your business, seems like it will take a Herculean effort, a few minor adjustments may do the trick.
Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks. Develop a plan to make it happen. Make it measurable and memorable, by that I mean, keep track of everything. It is easy to forget, or gloss over, all the little things that are achieved. We often make the tasks so large we can’t achieve them because, somehow, we feel if we don’t make the goal large the win isn’t as big and meaningful. Make them small and make rewarding yourself a priority. You’ve heard it all before. Easier said than done.
Consider this analogy: You’re really looking forward to dinner you have planned. You’ve put a lot of thought into the menu, selected only the finest ingredients, prepared each item with care…then, instead of enjoying each tender bite, you stuff every morsel into your mouth and attempt to chew. Not only do you not enjoy the meal, the indigestion that awaits you is going to be epic.
The proverbial, “biting off more than you can chew,” it’s human nature. But nowhere in our daily activities is it more prevalent than in the pressure we put on ourselves to perform, especially for small business owners.
It’s really okay and, actually, more productive to cut your objectives up into smaller pieces that are easier to digest. It’s not necessary to finish everything on your plate. Put left-overs away to chew on later…or serve them up in a to-go container for someone else to take. Seeking feedback and support from someone who is not emotionally attached can be one of your most valuable strategies.
Top priority for 2016…avoid goal bloat with portion control!
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